Leonard Roberts

Leonard Roberts (born November 17, 1972) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sean Taylor in Drumline and for playing Forrest Gates in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and D. L. Hawkins in a recurring role on Heroes.[1]

Leonard Roberts
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Leonard Roberts (left) with Heroes co-star Noah Gray-Cabey (right) in 2006
Born (1972-11-17) November 17, 1972 (age 49)
EducationDePaul University (BFA)
Years active1996–present

Early lifeEdit

Roberts was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from University City High School in 1991 and in 1995, Roberts graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.[1]


Roberts has portrayed roles such as Sean Taylor in Drumline and starred as Forrest Gates in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and D. L. Hawkins on the NBC science-fiction drama Heroes. He is also known among Smallville fans for playing the role of Nam-Ek. Roberts is credited with the role of Leo in the 2011 film, Pizza Man. He played a small role in season 1 of NCIS as a member of a navy base.[1]

On December 17, 2020, Roberts wrote a piece for Variety discussing his tension with his co-star Ali Larter that resulted in his firing from Heroes.[2][3]



Year Film Role Notes
1997 Love Jones Eddie Coles
Hoodlum Tyrone
1998 He Got Game D'Andre Mackey
2000 Masquerade Otis TV Movie
2001 Scam Gordie Short
2002 Joe and Max Joe Louis TV Movie
Drumline Sean Taylor
2004 Walking on Sunshine Al Short
2006 The Last Adam Bobby Jackson
2007 F*ck You Pay Me! Darian Drake Short
2009 Red Sands Ryan
2010 Blackstar Warrior Lando Calrissian TV Short
2011 Pizza Man Leo
2012 Savages Frankie
California Winter Larry Johnson
2014 Blackstar Warrior Tyson Roderick TV Short
Drumline: A New Beat Sean Taylor TV Movie
American Sniper Instructor Rolle
2015 My Favorite Five Matthew
Any Day Troy
Dancer and the Dame Agent Shepherd
2016 Love Is All You Need? Coach Thompson
2017 Fixed Phil
2018 Headgame The Elder
Murder ADA Malachi Sandel TV Movie


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Due South Tyree Cameron Episode: "White Men Can't Jump to Conclusions"
1999 Turks Officer Tom May Episode: "Pilot" & "Hearts of Fire"
The '60's Emmet Taylor TV Mini Series
Any Day Now Wade Garver Episode: "It's Not You, It's Me"
1999–00 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Forrest Gates Recurring Cast: Season 4
2001 FreakyLinks Boomer Truman Episode: "Subject: Still I Rise"
JAG Lieutenant Crawford Episode: "Dog Robber: Part 1 & 2"
2002 Providence - Recurring Cast: Season 5
2003 Tru Calling Blake Episode: "Past Tense"
24 Guard Buchanan Episode: "Day 3: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m."
2004 CSI: Miami Brad Foster Episode: "Complications"
Threat Matrix Tom Purdy /Ibrahim Kureshi Episode: "Extremist Makeover"
NCIS P.O. Howard Carter Episode: "The Truth Is Out There"
2005 Bones D.A. Andrew Levitt Episode: "The Girl in the Fridge"
2005–06 Smallville Nam-Ek Episode: "Arrival" & "Zod"
2006–07 Heroes D. L. Hawkins Recurring Cast: Season 1, Guest: Season 2
2009 ER Police Officer Episode: "A Long, Strange Trip"
Private Practice Ryan Episode: "Wait and See"
2010 Castle Special Agent Jason Avery Episode: "Tick, Tick, Tick..." & "Boom!"
Criminal Minds Kaman Scott Episode: "Devil's Night"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kyle Decker Episode: "Wild Life"
2011 Franklin & Bash Dante Episode: "The Bangover"
2012 CSI: Miami Matthew Stone Episode: "Friendly Fire"
2013 The Client List Detective Monroe Recurring Cast: Season 2
2014 The League Tyree Episode: "Breast Awareness Month"
The Mentalist Elon Bell Episode: "Black Market"
2015 Agent Carter Happy Sam Sawyer Episode: "The Iron Ceiling"
2016 Second Chance Lenny Episode: "May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot"
The People v. O. J. Simpson Dennis Schatzman Recurring Cast
Mary + Jane Nate Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"
2017 Doubt ADA Vincent Todd Episode: "The Return"
2017–18 Mom Ray Stabler Recurring Cast: Season 4-5
Major Crimes Assistant Chief Leo Mason Recurring Cast: Season 5, Main Cast: Season 6
The Magicians King Idri of Loria Recurring Cast: Season 2, Guest: Season 3
2018 Liza on Demand Mark Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2019 9-1-1 Captain Ronnie Cooper Recurring Cast: Season 3
2020 Hawaii Five-0 Capt. Ingram Episode: "A 'ohe ia e loa'a aku, he ulua kapapa no ka moana"
Bob Hearts Abishola Guy Episode: "Randy's a Wrangler"
Spider-Man Baron Mordo/Robber 1/Golem 1 (voice) Episode: "Amazing Friends"
2020-22 Charmed Dexter Vaughn Guest: Season 2, Recurring Cast: Season 4
2021 Rebel Randall Vokelberg Recurring Cast
All American President Zeke Allen Episode: "All American: Homecoming"
The Girl in the Woods Alex Recurring Cast
2022 All American: Homecoming President Zeke Allen Recurring Cast


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Liza on Demand Marc Episode "Valentine's Day"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Hidden Agenda Tom Nelson (voice)


  1. ^ a b c "Leonard Roberts (1990-2010)". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  2. ^ Roberts, Leonard (2020-12-16). "'Heroes' Was Supposed to Be Leonard Roberts' Big Break. Instead, It Nearly Broke Him". Variety. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  3. ^ Vary, Kate Aurthur,Adam B.; Aurthur, Kate; Vary, Adam B. (2020-12-17). "Ali Larter Responds to Leonard Roberts' Accusations: 'I Am Truly Sorry'". Variety. Retrieved 2021-04-07.

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